St Agnes High-Tech Sewage Treatment Works
South West Water has unveiled a state-of-the-art sewage treatment works in St Agnes, Cornwall.
£5.3 million has been invested in upgrading the existing site to improve the quality of what it discharges and make the local bathing waters even cleaner for swimmers and surfers.
Graham Murphy, Head of Asset Management and Development, said: "This significant investment will further improve the quality of the sea for residents and tourists as well as benefiting the local marine environment."
"We hope this will also help maintain last year's record of achieving 100% compliance with EU bathing water standards across the South West Water region."
The new process at St Agnes features Cornwall's first membrane bioreactor (MBR). St Agnes was chosen as the first site to use this technology because of its compact size and the requirements of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Act.
Membrane bioreactor systems replace conventional treatment processes and combine clarification, aeration and filtration into a single process. The result is consistent, high quality final effluent.
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Published: 5 March 2007